Commissioners discuss sales tax strategy


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County Commissioners talked on Thursday about how to move forward with the defeated half-percent sales tax.

The county prosecutor, sheriff and other elected officials were part of the discussion. The group consensus was to identify exactly where the money is going, such as funding the justice system at .075-percent.

“To make sure that people know it goes to the justice system of Mahoning County, that it only funds the sheriff’s office, the courts and the prosecutor’s office. So I think that is how we are proceeding to move forward, is looking for a three-quarter percent for the justice center for Mahoning County, for public safety,” said Commissioner David Ditzler.

The prosecutor’s office is looking into how the measure would need to be worded on the November ballot.

From there, commissioners have to hold at least two public meetings and get feedback from the community. There also was talk about having an actual campaign for the issue that would include everyday voters.

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